Using high-speed motion capture systems and Dartfish, Wendi Weimar, Ph.D., Sports Biomechanics Lab Director, analyzes lower extremity biomechanics, as well as swimming mechanics with underwater equipment.
Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D. and the Sports Medicine and Movement Lab assess upper extremity biomechanics of softball, baseball, golf, and handball throwing, pitching, and swinging to optimize performance and prevent or reduce injuries.
BODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS
The iDEXA scan provides information on lean mass and fat mass by sectional areas of the body (right leg, left leg, torso, right arm, left arm, etc.) for specific and accurate measurements.
We can measure the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use, which is a measure of aerobic endurance and can help determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise.
The Thermal and Infrared Imaging Lab has a thermal chamber that reaches temperatures of 140 degrees to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and up to 80% humidity to test performance in different climates and conditions. Director David Pascoe, Ph.D. can determine proper hydration, clothing performance, and gut function.
The DNA sequence of the genetic makeup of a cell determines specific characteristics (phenotype) of that individual, performed by Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Director of the Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab. Roberts also researches NormaTec compression boots utilized by many athletes for recovery.
Brain and Muscle Activation
BRAIN ACTIVITY (EEG)
An FMRI scan shows brain activity while performing a skill, such as a golf putt, studied by Matt Miller, Ph.D. and his Performance and Exercise Psychophysiology Lab.
The Biodex machine allows us to examine torque, the force that enables our joints to operate like levers and pulleys. Too much torque, however, can lead to injury.